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Chauvin Being Kept in Solitary Confinement

Chauvin Being Kept in Solitary Confinement
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By    |   Wednesday, 21 April 2021 04:02 PM EDT

Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin is being kept in solitary confinement for 23 hours a day at Minnesota’s only maximum-security prison and will remain there for two months until the convicted killer is sentenced in the death of George Floyd, several media outlets reported.

Chauvin was transferred to Minnesota Correctional Facility-Oak Park Heights in Stillwater, Minnesota, about 25 east of Minneapolis, after Tuesday’s verdict, in which he was found guilty of murder and manslaughter. He was placed in the facility’s isolation wing because of fears for his safety, The New York Times reported quoting a state prison spokeswoman.

"Administrative segregation is used when someone's presence in the general population is a safety concern," spokeswoman Sarah Fitzgerald said to The Minneapolis Star-Tribune. She called the Administrative Control Unit, where Chauvin is being held, “the state’s most secure unit.”

His cell contains a bench, mattress pad, shower, and combination toilet and sink. He will be allowed out of the cell for an hour a day for exercise. At other times, guards will observe him “at least” every 30 minutes and he also will be monitored by a mental health professional if confined in solitary confinement for more than 30 days, Forbes reported.

Oak Park Heights ACU contains about 41 prisoners.

According to New York's Daily News, it's unclear if officials believe other prisoners could pose a threat to Chauvin, or if he might be a safety concern to himself or others. The outlet quoted Fitzgerald as saying she's not authorized to comment on any inmate’s mental health information.

Some legal experts contend Chauvin has grounds for overturning the decision. Among the most notable is former Harvard University Law professor Alan Dershowitz, who told Newsmax TV on Tuesday that he had “no real confidence in the verdict” and that it “should be” reversed.

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Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin is being kept in solitary confinement for 23 hours a day at Minnesota's only maximum-security prison and will remain there for two months until the convicted killer is sentenced in the death of George Floyd.
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